By Ryan Givens
The kitchen at St. Peter’s Church was running at full force Monday morning as the Kookie Kids team shaped, baked, and packed over 2,000 cookies destined for sale at Wednesday’s Farmers Market. Kookie Kids, as the name implies, are a charitable foundation run by kids for kids. Started as a creative and generous outlet for local children, Kookie Kids continues this spirit for its second summer looking to serve the community.
Kookie Kids began in 2016, pioneered by Katie Bowman. Katie at 13 was a year too young to begin a summer job, but rather then see that time go to waste, she founded her own charity with support from St. Peter’s Church. After its inaugural year, Kookie Kids has donated over $3,000, and is in no way slowing down, having raised nearly $700 just last week. This year Katie’s sister Kelsea and her friends lead the cookie baking.
Kookie Kids are committed to their slogan “Kids Helping Kids.” In 2016, profits were donated to 3 different funds for children: The Randle’s Boys Foundation (helps brothers Colin and Sean Randles in their fight against Cystic Fibrosis), Family Promise (an organization raising money for families facing homelessness), and a personal sponsorship for Karien (a Dominican girl learning English). This summer, Kookie Kids continue their commitment to these charitable funds, and are expanding to help others in need. Last week, donations went to Matt Fumo as he recovers from a tragic water accident.
St. Peter’s Church proudly supports Kookie Kids’ charitable cause. Having access to the Church’s Health Certified Kitchen and aid from church members, this allows Kookie Kids a clean an efficient workplace to bake batches of delicious cookies.
This week, Kookie Kids once again are raising money for the Randles Boys Foundation. Come be a part of this wonderful cause as the kids sell their fresh cookies Wednesday at the Farmers Market located at the Tabernacle on 9th and Asbury from 8am -1pm.